Becontree Estate residents are being asked to inform a new set of planning guidelines for the future of the estate.

The Becontree Estate Design Code aims to preserve the character and heritage of the estate and decide the best way to "futureproof" its homes.

For those seeking to make changes to their home, the code hopes to simplify the planning process.

It will inform the design of public spaces, such as parks, squares and paths, and aims to ensure they are functional, accessible and attractive.

The Becontree Estate, managed by Barking and Dagenham Council's regeneration arm Be First, was built a century ago.

Funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, works being brought forward hope to improve energy efficiency on the estate.

It is made up of 29,000 homes and houses 40 per cent of Barking and Dagenham's population, according to Be First.

The survey is open until March 13 and can be completed at

Amandeep Singh Kalra, from Be First, said: "We want to hear from Becontree Estate residents to ensure their ideas are incorporated into the Becontree Estate Design Code to help shape the future of this historic area.

"This programme will focus on retrofitting homes, promoting sustainable transport, and protecting and enhancing local wildlife habitats through improving the local landscape and, in turn, improving air quality across Becontree Estate."